Plans to launch the 2025 Chevy Equinox, which is the first model year of the compact crossover’s fourth generation, in mid-2024 have now been confirmed during The General’s Q3 2023 earnings presentation.
The all-new 2025 Chevy Equinox is expected to boast a fully overhauled exterior, interior, and set of tech features, along with the addition of an Activ trim to the existing trim level lineup – which GM Authority first reported about back in 2022.
GM Authority first revealed that the fourth-generation ‘Nox would arrive with the 2025 model back in 2020, based on information from sources who also confirmed a 2022 mid-cycle refresh for the third-gen Equinox. More recently, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China has leaked images of several 2025 Chevy Equinox trim levels well ahead of any company reveal. In addition, GM accidently leaked a glimpse of the next-generation Equinox Activ in a new Chevy ad, which was quickly edited by replacing the Equinox with the 2024 Chevy Trax in the video.
Like other next-generation crossovers slated for 2024 release, the new Chevy Equinox has a higher stance and more active, rugged styling than the outgoing model. The leaks confirm several features spotted in May 2023 when GM Authority spy photographers captured images of a next-gen Equinox prototype during road testing.
The leaked photos and data show the 2025 Equinox will be slightly larger than the current iteration. Exterior styling changes include a beefed-up front end with a big grille divided by a robust horizontal bar. The base-level profile appears to show 17-inch wheels housed in trapezoidal wheel arches and a shark fin C-pillar.
A second set of photos showed the RS trim with sporty styling that includes a mesh grille, blacked-out Bow Tie badges, and an available black roof to match the trim’s two-tone wheels. Finally, the new Activ trim level was also leaked, featuring a unique front fascia and grille treatment and an AWD badge showing all-wheel drive may be fitted as standard.
The new model year should cradle a new, small-displacement turbocharged engine under the hood with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission to put the power to the pavement. Structure is provided by the D2-2 architecture, an updated version of the GM D2 platform. The D2-2 is also found under the body panels of the 2025 GMC Terrain.